Our Winter 2021 classes begin soon! These online classes for adults of all ages and skill levels are part of our larger online programming, including classes for kids and teens. You don't need to have a knowledge of theater to enjoy and learn from our education classes. Questions? Email us.
RE-IMAGINING A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM WITH SENIOR ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JASON KING JONES
Monday, 5:00pm - 6:30pm, February 15 – March 22, 2021
Class Fee: $150/$75 for members
As we all look ahead to the reopening of our campus and the upcoming Summer Shakespeare performance of National Players’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, join Senior Associate Artistic Director Jason King Jones as he explores a variety of productions of “The Dream” over the past few decades. We’ll examine productions directed by Sir Peter Hall, Sir Peter Brook, Dominic Dromgoole, Michael Hoffman, Emma Rice, Nicholas Hytner, and Julie Taymor; then we’ll explore how Danielle Drakes will interpret the play for National Players’ Tour 72. In each class we’ll view portions of these productions and examine their similarities, their radical differences, and how these choices re-imagine the play. No expertise in Shakespeare required, merely a love of creativity.
SEASON PLANNING WITH ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JASON LOEWITH
Thursdays, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, February 18 – March 25, 2021
Class Fee: $150/$75 for members
Join Artistic Director Jason Loewith as he takes on you the magical, mystifying journey of choosing the plays for a season at Olney Theatre Center! After reviewing how it’s done and the status of the upcoming 21-22 season, we’ll read four new (and new-ish) plays and one or two musicals, considering each for a slot in the 2022-23 roster. Plays will be available to read upon registration. No prior experience needed, except a love of theater. Participants don't need to attend every class (but you'll be happy if you do!).
Inside the Broadway Show with Associate Artistic Director Chris Youstra
Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, February 26 – March 26, 2021
All Five Classes $150/$75 for members
Individual Weeks: $35/$20 for members
Director of Music Theater Chris Youstra continues an exploration of music theater - but this time from the inside! Over 5 weeks, Chris welcomes 5 veterans of the Olney Theatre stage to discuss not just their careers, but their experience within these iconic pieces of history. These conversations will be informative, entertaining and a special peek behind the show curtain. Plus, an opportunity for questions and answers -- this is a series not to be missed!
February 26 :Margo Seibert (OTC's Fiddler on the Roof) discusses her fascinating career including creating a lead role on Broadway - Adrian in Rocky (written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Aherns, creators of Ragtime).
March 5: Marcos Santana (Director of OTC's In the Heights/Singing in the Rain) joins the conversation with his illustrious career as a dancer, choreographer and director, particularly in the original production of In the Heights.
March 12: Alan Wiggins (OTC's Grease/Joseph and the...) will be a part of the discussion as soon after being on the Olney stage, he was seen in both The Lion King and in the original production of Beautiful:The Carole King Musical.
March 19: George Dvorsky (OTC's Sound of Music/How to Succeed...) will offer insight about creating a brand new Sondheim work Passion, with a side journey discussing his voice work on Disney's masterpieces Beauty & The Beast, Pocohantas and Mulan.
March 26: Caroline Bowman (OTC's Grease) has played many iconic roles, and, in particular, we will discuss her exciting experiences playing Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway.